Crusaders - a brief rugby history
Colours: Jersey: Red with White stripes Shorts: Black with White stripes Socks: Red with Black tops & White stripes
Home Ground: AMI Stadium, Addington, Christchurch
Acting Chairman: Grant Jarrold
CEO: Colin Mansbridge
The most appearances is by Wyatt Crockett (154)
The most points scored is by Dan Carter (1,708)
The most tries scores is by Caleb Ralph (52)
The Crusaders were formed in 1996. They represent the New Zealand Rugby Provincial Unions of Buller, Canterbury, Mid-Canterbury, Sth Canterbury, Tasman & West Coast.
The 2019 head coach is Scott Robertson. He is assisted by Brad Mooar, Ronan O'Gara & Jason Ryan.
Previous head coaches were: Todd Blackadder, Robbie Deans, Wayne Smith & Vance Stewart.
The 2019 squad is:
Forwards: Michael Alaalatoa; Harry Allan; Scott Barrett; Ethan Blackadder; George Bower; Whetu Douglas; Mitchell Dunshea; Owen Franks; Ben Funnell; Billy Harmon; Oliver Jager; Andrew Makalio; Joe Moody; Tim Perry; Kieran Read; Luke Romano; Tom Sanders; Quinten Strange; Jordan Taufua; Codie Taylor; Matt Todd; Isileli Tu'ungafasi; Sam Whitelock (C).
Backs: Tim Bateman; George Bridge; Brett Cameron; Ryan Crotty; Israel Dagg; Mitchell Drummond; Ereatara Enari; Braydon Ennor; Leicester Faingaanuku; Jack Goodhue; Bryn Hall; David Havili; Mitchell Hunt; Will Jordan; Manasa Mataele; Richie Mo'unga; Ngane Punivai; Sevu Reece.
They play 8 Home games against: Hurricanes; Chiefs; Brumbies; Highlanders; Lions; Sharks; Blues; Rebels.
They play 8 Away games against: Blues; Reds; Highlanders; Waratahs; Hurricanes; Bulls; Stormers; Chiefs.
They finished in 1st position at the end of the 2018 round-robin stages, going on to win the final.
They have finished in the top 6 of the round-robin stages of the Super competition 19 times out of 23 years.
Their worst finish was last out of 12 in the first year - 1996.
In the play-offs they have featured in 13 finals, winning 9 times in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2017 & 2018.
Their average finishing position is 3.70
They are 1st on the New Zealand TAB fixed odds to win the competition @ NZ$1.80